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Blues Brothers

Three pieces of news here worth noting. First, Blues Boulevard jazz venue is under new ownership now by Freddy Foster and Julius Tolbert, two Upstate restaurateurs with quite the interesting resumes, which include merchandising in the music biz, selling a successful pizza chain to Silicon Valley Restaurant Group, managing various Upstate restaurants, and throwing great house parties. Blues Boulevard sits squarely in their wheelhouse of Southern hospitality with some rhythm and blues.

Second, these two entrepreneurs-turned-friends have partnered to form a restaurant consulting group, Cornbread Consultants. They want to use their years of experience in food & bev to help other owners be successful. Blues Boulevard is their first official venture, and they’re looking for more.

And third, maybe most importantly, the chef they’ve hired to redo the menu at Blues Boulevard and act as corporate chef for Cornbread Consulting is a former Brazwells and Nose Dive cook who is cranking out some seriously tasty dishes. Chef Gee Jones, as he’s known in the kitchen, did a stint in Columbia but is now back in Greenville. His dry-rub wings, collard green dip, and Hoppin’ John, for instance, are exactly the type of Southern fare you’d want to eat by the Reedy River with a jazz accompaniment.

No more mussels

So, the good news is there will still be a restaurant in the BIN112 space at 112 Trade St. in downtown Greer. The bad news is that Jason and Lori Clark, co-owners of BIN112 for the last 10 years, have sold the property and are closing the beloved Greer restaurant. Jeff Gossett, who opened Select Restaurant in 2015 in Spartanburg, purchased the property and will be opening his second location.

And nothing against Gossett or the future success of Select, but if you ever enjoyed dinner at BIN112 over the last decade, you know he has some big mussels to fill. More like big buckets of mussels for less than $20. They truly were one of the best deals in town, and many people will miss them. The Clarks will continue to operate their other restaurant, The Strip Club 104, at 104 E. Poinsett St., Greer.

“We would like to thank all of our devoted customers, friends, and family for your continuous support over the last 10 years,” said Jason Clark, chef and co-owner. “We are so proud of the strides our team has made during this time and of the awe-inspiring amount of blood, sweat, and tears they have dedicated to the growth and success of BIN112. After our best year ever, we are closing and are excited that something new and fresh will take our place.”

See where your food comes from

Greenbrier Farms will host its ninth annual plant sale on April 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. They’ll be selling certified organic starter plants (heirloom tomatoes, pepper varieties, squash, cucumbers, okra, eggplant, herbs, flowers, and more) — all from the farm. Also available will be Greenbrier’s pastured and grass-fed meats and other local vendors’ landscaping plants. The farm is located at 766 Hester Store Road, Easley.

ICYMI from UBJ

Larkin’s Restaurants, which has opened Limoncello, Grill Marks at Haywood Mall, and a new catering and events center in the last year, has signed a lease for the 6,000-square-foot, second-floor location of the building also occupied by The Greenville News at East Broad and Falls streets. This is the first of many forthcoming restaurant tenant announcements in the Camperdown development. Restaurant co-owner Larkin Hammond says the space includes a patio, dining for 250 guests, private dining for 40 to 45 guests, and a conceptual kitchen/dining room. The result will be unlike anything in Greenville, she says. The lease for Larkin’s on the River, 318 S. Main St., is up in 2022, but Hammond says this new concept will not be taking its place regardless of future plans.

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